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Which questions led to the creation of a new package?

TeX.sx occasionally inspires people to be ingeniously creative and write cool packages. Let's have a list of all the CTAN packages that originated in a question on TeX.sx. I suggest a single CW ...
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How to animate a code created in LaTeX in an answer or a question

There are many questions where many users of TeX.SE insert not only a code and an image but also a corresponding animation without using LaTeX animation packages. My question is: what is the method to ...
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Will there be an official “What's new in TeX, version 3.141592653?” question to go along with the 2021 TeX tune-up?

Back in 2014, a question was posted, asking "What's new in TeX, version 3.14159265?". I know that the upcoming version of TeX will have at least one important bug fix, and I think it would ...
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Should a tag of package-request be created?

Over the past ten years, I asked a lot of questions and received a lot beautiful customized answers. If I found that the answer I got is very useful and should be highlighted in a package for future ...
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Winterbash 2016 participation

Last year, TeX.SE joined in on Winterbash 2015. Winterbash 2016 is around the corner and sites will soon have the option of opting in/out. In order to solicit opinion from the community, please cast ...
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Why aren't the Winter bash hats available in the meta site?

Why aren't the Winter bash hats available in the meta site? Is it a bug or a feature?
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Is this forum an appropriate place to ask questions on typographic style?

Many of you kind folks have provided invaluable information that has improved my LaTeX skills, but along the way, has also provided some inspiration to improve my typographic style. I have a few ...
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What are the “TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange guidelines” - closing questions

My question (Fonts appear in different sizes) gets close-votes because it "has been resolved" I thought that this is exactly the purpose of this site. Which guidelines did I violate to get ...
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What's up with the current monthly rep point totals on TeX.SE?

I just took a look at the first page of site's users, listed by within-month rep count: While the names seem comfortably familiar, the rep point totals for many of the users seem high -- impressively ...
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Often referenced questions

Quick links (alphabetically) Additional (math) operators, relations and so on ❧ Beamer ❧ Bibliographies and citations ❧ Classes and class options ❧ Correct centering ❧ Cross-referencing, including ...
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No image presented when opening Stackexchange web [closed]

I'm bothered with the prob for a long time. Everytime I open a stack link, the words can be presented well, but the image never show up (the case in my screenshot). I tried refresh, log in but nothing ...
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Preserve [overleaf] tag if the question concerns an error/unexpected output

I've just answer this question here which is complaining about unexpected output from a sample document. The question was originally tagged with the [overleaf] tag, which I removed, since it doesn't ...
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How to provide good looking TeX output in StackExchange?

I realise that this is not directly concerned with TeX and friends but it is about improving my answers to such questions. I try and provide an MWE in my answers and I want to show their typeset ...
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Relicensing code from answers

Part of the discussion about packaging some of the TikZ answers into a LaTeX package has centred on the issue of licensing the code. Contributions here are licensed under a CC license (see links at ...
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Posting Q and A on pandoc

I see quite some pandoc / Markdown questions recently. It fits the pipeline I use, so I'd like to share / post some questions with canned answers. However, no one asks me for that. Next, more grave ...
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Adjusting the Size of the Uploaded Image When Posting a Question

How may one adjust the size of the displayed image when posting a question? For example, I posted the following question yesterday: How to Draw a Rose in Latex If I wanted to scale down the image of ...
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Users without gravatar (avatar)?

In these days I see that there are many users without a gravatar (image) like this: Addendum: What is the reason?
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Who are the package maintainers here?

Quick links: LaTeX Packages A-M, N-Z ❧ LaTeX Classes ❧ ConTeXt Modules ❧ Generic Packages ❧ Support Scripts ❧ Biblatex Styles A fair few users here have ...
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Adapting the highlighting colors for the new highlight.js version

Our syntax highlighter highlight.js has received a complete ground up rewrite of the LaTeX grammar in its latest 10.3 release. This comes with some changes to the CSS classes used by the highlighter. ...
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How to respond to an answer that ONLY works in the MWE and not generally?

I recently asked a question about linebreaking in a bibliography and it got an answer that appeared good. However, when I tested it, it appears to only work with the specific example text I provided. ...
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Test cases vs minimalism in a MWE

What is the balance between test cases and minimalism in a MWE? I recently wrote a question with a MEW I thought was pretty good. One example, nice and clear what the issue is, but it gave me an ...
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Retrieve a question from code

Background I read a question about adjusting the indentation of a list a few hours ago. I've copied the following code found in the question. \use{enumitem} \setlist[itemize]{align=parleft,left=0pt.....
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Request to undelete

Please undelete https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/534505/208429 The close comment says "This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a ...
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What are the privileges and duties of assigning a gold badge in a tag?

I just got a gold badge for the pgf-tikz tag. I know that this badge gives me the privilege of closing with my vote alone a question with this tag if I feel that it is duplicated. This golden badge is ...
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When is it better to revisit an old answered question?

Many times, I found my inquiries solved on the site by several answered questions. However, I believe (without solid proof) that the packages used in the solution have undergone bug fixes, updates, ...
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What's with the new two-tone color scheme for LaTeX code?

I've noticed that a new, two-tone color scheme has gone into effect for formatted code on TeX.SE. Consider, say, \documentclass{article} or \begin{table} The commands -- \documentclass and \begin --...
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Is it always a bad sign to have a question with views and zero interactions?

This is the first time I found myself in this situation (I remembered now it is not the first :)). My last bountied question has a compilable MWE with clear explanation and inquiries. However, I ...
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Paid LaTeX support for svmono+cleveref [closed]

Unfortunately, I expect that Cleveref fails to pick up the footnote number when using svmono 5.6 class is unlikely to get a valid answer “for free”. Which company or which individuals would be ...
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Please make a legal tag

Someone with reputation score 300+ please make a tag for questions about formatting legal documents using TeX/LaTeX. Perhaps make it legal-style? I am feeling the lack of such a tag. Suggested ...
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Answer deleted by moderator because “not good practice”

Today I noticed the following deleted answer: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/561476/ (only visible for >10k users because it is deleted). Screenshot: The question was asking about how to change a ...
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Why not pasting image url automatically if we choose it?

There are two options on inserting image: Browse paste Why not pasting image url automatically if we choose paste option?
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Promotional material in usernames

Within reason, users are free to choose their usernames freely. There are restrictions where names are potentially offensive, and 'we' have tended to avoid allowing those which might be misleading (...
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How to improve question related to editing class files?

I often have the problem that I am using a template and there is just small changes I wish to make to the template, such as changing color scheme. However, opening open a .cls file and making changes ...
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Make TeX.SX look nice again!

A collection of user scripts to make the main site look a bit better again, after the new design has gone live on August 3, 2018. The scripts can be used e.g. with Tampermonkey (Chrome) Greasemonkey (...
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Text line spacing for questions and answers

Just out of mere curiosity, but I wanted to know if the line spacing of the text has been increased because I didn't notice the difference this morning. The image is taken from: Defining a bibstyle ...
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What happened to Schrödinger'scat?

I was always confident that @Schrödinger'scat (user: 194703) would answer most of TikZ related questions. But today I realized that s/he has closed his/er account. What happened to Schrödinger'scat? ...
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Exact search is not working properly

I want to find posts that contain \tikz{ but using "\tikz{" does not help. Is this a bug? How can I do this?
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Link when referencing another answer

When editing this answer, I thought it would enhance readability/access when having Since this question comes up so often, I thought I'd try to supplement ArTourter's correct answer with a more ...
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MWEs and their wrongly assumed place in the question

Purpose: To improve the user experience of the visitors of TeX.SX (who most likely provide the majority of the traffic), in exchange for the slight detriment of that of the questioners and answerers. ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Why must I prove to a machine that I am a human?

From time to time I am urged to click through so-called captchas in order to prove to the machine that I am a human when posting answers. The captchas often are not precise: E.g., some minutes ago I ...
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MWE with basic structure or lots of hacks showing attempted solution?

Often users are asked to show a MWE showing what has been attempted to solve the problem. I've received a good answer to a question. But the answer alone doesn't work completely for my real code. By ...
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To make a tag for a synonym tag: explanations

I have wanted to create for an existing timeline tag two synonyms called chronosys and chronology. Is it correct my work to create new synonyms tags or my procedure is wrong? What should I do so that ...
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How to anonymously support the contributors?

I'm bad at (La)TeX and appreciated the help of several contributors quite a lot here. They saved my assday many times. Kudo points (reputation) at StackExchange are fun but probably have no real ...
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How do I list all my own questions?

There are hundreds of pages explaining how to search your own questions, or answers to them, but nothing that I can see about just getting a list of them. Some answers suggested using the Advanced ...
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TUG 2020 is going online July 24, 25 and 26th

TUG 2020 announcement The 41st annual TeX user conference (TUG 2020) is going digital on July 24, 25, 26. Register for free! Introduction As we move TUG 2020 completely online, we look forward to ...
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The CommonMark diary

Friends, The StackExchange network decided to switch to CommonMark. The last time SE decided to make some changes, we experienced a lot of problems. Worse, any official position from the Powers That ...
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What potential problems should be checked for in the great CommonMark switch?

tex.sx is scheduled to undergo a code conversion to CommonMark tomorrow (10 June 2020); for details, see We're switching to CommonMark. The last time an under-the-covers code conversion was ...
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Should the mapping tag be burninated?

The mapping tag on TeX.SX has absolutely no definition or guidance. The questions about it are a grab-bag asking about everything from graphing a conformal mapping to the Mapping= feature of fontspec ...
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What to do with a question requesting specifically for a bad practice?

While checking unanswered beamer questions (which are about 280 at the moment with little activity), I found this question. The OP requests in this question something that seems to be a very bad ...

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